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How to Apply a Screen Protector

Applying a screen protector to your tablet, smartphone or other device can sometimes take a little more effort than you'd expect. You might have it perfectly lined up, but then spot some dust underneath one of the corners that you missed during the wipe down. Before you get frustrated and use up the rest of the protectors in your pack, take a breather and follow these simple steps to get a perfectly placed screen protector. 

What you'll need

  • Screen protector
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Credit card
  • Tape

Step 1: Wipe down your screen.

Take your microfiber cloth, and in small circular strokes, wipe down your device's screen from one end to the other. Make sure you have plenty of light so that you can be sure to catch all of the dust particles prior to placing your screen protector.

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Step 2: Line-up and place your protector.

Once your screen has been thoroughly cleaned, you're ready to apply your screen protector. Before removing the plastic backing, line up your protector so that you know you have the right fit. This is especially important if you're using a screen protector that needs to be cut to your device's size. When you're ready, peel off the back and place it over the screen as smoothly as possible.

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Step 3: Smooth out the air bubbles.

Using the edge of your credit card, rub all the air bubbles down or out toward the sides. This might take a little elbow grease, but you should be able to get out all of the bubbles by working them towards the edges of the screen protector. 

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Step 4: Remove any dust particles.

Should you catch any dust particles still underneath your screen protector, don't panic. Place one small piece of tape on the screen protector with a bit hanging off so you can hold it. Then wrap another piece of tape, sticky side out, around your finger. Now, use the piece that is hanging off of thedevice to peel back the screen protector carefully. With the piece wrapped around your finger you can dab at the dust until it's gone. Then simply lay the screen protector back down.

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Repeat Steps 3 and 4 as needed.